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Zircon Sand

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Zircon is an excellent addition to the mould material used in investment and sand castings. It is also used in mould coatings. Heat resistant properties allows use as an effective filler within an array of refractory materials, including furnace linings and zircon bricks, in addition to mortars and cements.  Our zircon grades can be applied to ceramic bodies, glazes, frits and engobe formulations; commonly functioning as an opacifier. MINM is a leading exporter of Zircon Sand in the Nigeria. We ha

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Zircon is used in ceramics, specialty castings and various refractory applications, where its resistance to high temperature and abrasion make it extremely valuable in the manufacturing processes as well as ceramics such as glazes for tiles and sanitary wear. In industry, it is mainly used as a raw material in making refractory bricks, furnace linings and producing pigments in the ceramic industry; where its opacity and hardness gives a whiteness and durability to tiles, sanitary ware and tableware. It is also utilized in a range of other high-tech industrial and chemical applications. It is common throughout the world as a minor constituent of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. 

Zircon (ZrSiO4) is one of the two core product streams from “mineral sands,” the other being titanium minerals [ilmenite, leucoxene and rutile]. Zircon is a refractory mineral used in foundries, refractories, ceramics, abrasives, and glass manufacturing applications. Deposits of mineral sands are formed along ancient coastlines where the heavier minerals have been concentrated by wave and wind action. Most mineral sand deposits are found in unconsolidated fossil shorelines several hundred metres to tens of kilometres – or occasionally hundreds of kilometres – inland from the present coastline, such as Nigeria.

Key properties include a high melting point, low thermal expansion co-efficiency, chemical stability at high temperatures, low wettability by molten metals, and resistance upon abrasion and impact. Other zircon applications include for use in the manufacture of faceplate glass in LCD and plasma screens, and in the production of zirconium oxides.

Zircon is a common accessory to trace mineral constituent of most granite and felsic igneous rocks. Due to its hardness, durability and chemical inertness, zircon persists in sedimentary deposits and is a common constituent of most sands. Zircon is also available as a zircon flour which is milled by jet mill producing a narrow size distribution and contaminant free flour. Zircon flour has many uses and finds its way into the production of Frit and refractory and foundry applications. Our flour is used primarily in foundry coatings for the metal casting industry.


Facts About Zircon Sand Minerals Or Export
The largest and purest Zircon Sand deposits in Nigeria are found in the Northern regions of Nigeria.
The chemical name of Zircon sand is zirconium silicate and its corresponding chemical formula is ZrSiO4.
The natural colour of zircon varies between colourless, yellow-golden, red, brown, blue and green.
Zircon is used in ceramics, specialty castings and various refractory applications, where its resistance to high temperature and abrasion make it extremely valuable in the manufacturing processes as well as ceramics such as glazes for tiles and sanitary-wear.
Zircon is the primary ore of zirconium metal.
Zirconium is used in a variety of metal products that require a resistance to heat and corrosion. It is used to make high-performance alloys, specialty steel, lamp filaments, explosive primers, computer equipment and many electronics components.
There are Zircon Sand deposits in Nasarawa and a few other states in Nigeria.

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